Are Doctors Really Ignorant About Prevention?
Why don’t doctors talk about prevention to their patients? Is it that they don’t have time, or don’t want to or is it that they don’t have the expertise? Doctors increasingly are coming under criticism for not advising their patients about “lifestyle” issues that are contributing to their illness. Yet, there is very little evidence that physicians are doing anything to respond to the criticism. Why is this?
A new organization has emerged to help mainstream medicine get with it on this all-important healthcare issue.The American College of Lifestyle Medicine is a relatively new national, professional, membership society for those involved in using lifestyle as a primary treatment modality for most common medical problems in America. ACLM represents and advocates for the practitioners and practice of effective, evidence-based Lifestyle Medicine.
ACLM is increasingly advocating for its members in terms of reimbursement, credentialing, regular news and educational events, practice model development and practice support services, etc. They are dedicated to the establishment of truly better and more rational healthcare built on dealing effectively with causes of disease and not simply treating downstream effects ad infinitum. Check them out at http://www.lifestylemedicine.org do you think that Doctors don’t talk about prevention and lifestyle? Is it because they are afraid to look like they don’t know what they’re talking about?? Give us your thoughts.
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